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How to get your home winter ready

When a cold snap strikes, it can cause havoc for your pipes with the temperatures potentially freezing them up and cutting off your water supply. Any further changes in temperature can often result in pipework bursting causing mayhem in your homes and on the road. That’s why we always advise our customers to make sure they lag their pipes and follow our advice for making sure they stay safe this winter.

How to get your home winter ready

When it's cold outside it's important to have your home

We want to make sure that you're ready for whatever winter throws at you.

So here's how you can get your home winter ready for when the temperature drops.

Spot the potential problem areas

Keep an eye out for any pipes, taps, cisterns, tanks and water meters in unheated areas that might be exposed to freezing temperatures.

Protect your pipes and taps

After identifying the pipes and taps most at risk, wrap them in lagging. Cut a piece of lagging to length and clip it on, you can then secure the lagging with cable ties as an extra measure, if you have some available.

Keep your central heating ticking over

Heating a home is expensive, but so is a burst pipe. If you can, try to leave your heating on constantly at a low temperature. If severe weather is forecast, set the heating to your usual level, day and night.

Get to grips with your stop tap

Shutting off the stop tap is the first thing you’ll need to do if your pipes freeze and then burst. They are usually located under your kitchen sink. It’s worth checking now where your stop tap is.

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Works in your area

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How to deal with frozen pipe

The last thing you need during a really cold snap is for a frozen pipe to burst. If your pipe bursts they’re costly to put right, not to mention the mess and the hassle.

Turn off your stop tap and check for dripping water. No leaks? Then turn your stop tap back on and open a kitchen tap to allow melting water to flow out. Find the frozen pipe and use a hairdryer to gently melt the ice. Never use a naked flame.